AASL Best Websites 2016
Category: Content Resources
Description of Category - Content Resources Websites
Teachers are able select the content, distribute it to students through a class code, and later assign a grade. Questions, notes, ways to collaborate with others, text-to-speech, articles at different lexile levels, translation, and grading options add to the features currently available.
•Actively Learn integrates nicely with Google Classroom and Edmodo.
•It is easy to create classroom and district collections, which may be shared among teachers.
•Upload current event articles and create questions of any type. Teachers can require that questions are answered before proceeding.
•Some selections have questions already included; you may use those or create your own.
•Many public domain works are already included; you may add any others and your own questions.
•Although designated as grades 6-12, upper elementary teachers could make use of the site for advanced readers.
Epic! for Educators
Epic! is full of features like read-aloud, customized reader advisory, ad-free environment, and reading logs. Free educator accounts (available to American and Canadian elementary teachers and librarians) include up to 36 associated free student profiles. Even better, multiple simultaneous student users are allowed! While free school-based access via the educator account is a tremendous resource, it's worth noting that adult parents/guardians must have their own paid student accounts for home access.
- Incorporate Epic! ebooks into resources for inquiry projects.
- Divide your classes into groups for checkout. Students who aren't actively checking out books can be reading Epic! ebooks.
- Project Epic! ebooks for read-aloud so that everyone can clearly view the text and/or illustrations.
- Use Epic! ebooks for multiple students to access the same text simultaneously for shared reading experiences.
•Project Go Noodle on a whiteboard for the entire class to follow along.
•You can also select brain-based activities that are aligned with ELA or math standards.
•While most activities are five minutes or less, there are longer ones ideal for indoor recess.
•You can add your own activity in the youtube channel, and create a list of favorites for easy access.
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Free educator accounts offer a plethora of features: Monday morning newsletters, class and student profiles, lesson plans, article assignment capability, and assessment score grade books. Student privacy is protected, and all comments are educator-moderated.
Student-appropriate advertisements are present on the site. Don't let their presence stop you from taking advantage of this incredible resource. Instead, turn this unfortunate drawback into a media literacy learning opportunity.
- Compare bias/viewpoints from varying sources.
- Use articles to support or inspire inquiry.
- Use articles for leveled readings on a class-wide topic.
- Use the site as a station in an current events lesson or in stations highlighting literary styles.
•Zoom In units can be used in their entirety, or to supplement existing curriculum/materials.
•The site provides a student log in so that you can take a test drive to explore the process.
•The 18 different units include US History by thematic periods. You may preview the documents before you sign up for an account.
•The organization of materials lends itself to independent study, small group, or class discussion.
Susie Highley is a middle level school media specialist from Indiana. She is a past president of the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE) and current president of the Indiana Middle Level Education Association (IMLEA). Prior to becoming a librarian, she taught science for over twenty years.
Creston Middle School/Intermediate Academy
10925 E. Prospect
Indianapolis, IN 46239